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Rocky Mountain Edition (CO, UT, ID, MT, & WY)

60 Years of Precision Machining 0 Precision Machining ® Vol. 17, No. 3 May / June 2024

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“Your tooling makes beautiful parts, the best I’ve ever seen. I wanted to convey to you because, probably in your field, like my field, rarely does anyone call up and say, “nice job, well done”. The only time you talk to them is when something doesn’t work right. So, I’m calling you up and saying, “very nice job, well done, your company makes good parts.” Quote from our Cover Story’s customer

I was at a machine shop in Tucson recently and I saw one of my customer’s products throughout the shop. I asked the owner, “Oh so you are using so and so? Aren’t they a great supplier?” I only asked this because I knew they had a great reputation. The owner said, “I don’t know how they do, and don’t know them, but I guess they do well for us because I only really get to know a supplier when there is a problem.”

Well, what does this mean for you as a business owner with a product you are selling? You aren’t known by the owners if you are doing a great job?

This tells me that the owner, if he or she attends industry events, apparently isn’t talking about your company or your product. They can’t, because they don’t even know you.

What can you do about this? While it may not seem intuitive, you really must find ways to market to your existing customers. Attracting new customers is important for any business, but marketing to existing customers is crucial, too. And since existing customers are already familiar with your business and products, marketing to them can mean spending less money while earning a higher return on your investment.

Some ideas for marketing to retain customers includes:

• Establish loyalty programs – these can reward your frequent buyers with perks or discounts, and it can be an opportunity to upsell your complimentary or premium products. It can also be an opportunity to re-engage your inactive clients.

• Capitalize on communication channels such as email, SMS or push notifications.

• Offer educational opportunities, including blogs, videos and webinars.

• Ask for feedback on your performance, with surveys, reviews and testimonials. Feedback you receive can be segmented by those who are promoters, passives and detractors. Promoters are ripe for referrals for your business, and you may set up a thank you program for these great customers. Passives may need better support or more communication to help them to become more loyal and detractors clearly need some attention if you want to retain them as customers.

Though there is a balance of just the right communication with your customers. It is critical that you keep in touch with your current customers. Don’t be that great supplier that almost nobody in the company knows about. Until next issue, I encourage you to brainstorm ideas to increase your visibility with existing customers, at all levels of the company. Also, we hope to see you at the D2P Show in Denver in June. And as always, God bless our troops.

THINBIT Thanks Their Customers For 60 Years In Business!

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There’s POWER in a Team

This year’s SkillsUSA contest gave me valuable experience working with a team. We knew coming out of last year’s contest that we had discovered something interesting. If we organize a good contest, with industry support, many instructors seem to come to the table ready to prepare students to compete. Pretty early on, we decided we wanted to hold three different CNC Machining Contests this year. CNC 2 Axis Turning. CNC 3 Axis Milling. And CNC Programmer (2 Axis Turning & 3 Axis Milling). When we introduced this to instructors at the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year, the instructors seemed excited and committed to support. Which meant they would be preparing students to compete.

1. The Team Needs a Captain.

As we started meeting as a technical committee to build out the contest and discuss specific testing areas, things got really complicated, really fast. All the technical questions started coming up. What do we want to test them on? Should we have them thread? Should we have them drill/ bore? How tight of tolerance should we ask them to hold? For many of these things, there isn’t one answer. We needed a champion to steer the team. And to help keep it all organized. Travis stepped into that role and handled it with precision. This allowed team members to come to the table with their expertise and opinions. We left the meetings with assignments and dates to complete them. Each assignment mostly aligned with our skills and interests. Which made it more fun to follow through and improved the overall quality of the contest.

2. The captain needs Support and the ability to steer the Team.

Travis would call/text and email to discuss progress. We brought up any developments, ideas, and issues that have come up. We would often discuss them and try to come up with a path forward that we all

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felt suited everyone involved. Once a decision was made, he would go to work, guiding the team with what that was and empowering them to accomplish their tasks.

3. Teams should communicate, be flexible, and be forgiving of one another.

I felt great about the number of emails, texts, and phone calls we exchanged. I was so appreciative that I wasn’t the only one thinking about how to administer this contest. We had an entire team thinking about it. Sometimes, we didn’t agree at first. But we communicated regularly. We expressed our opinions, and I felt we were ready to hear the other perspective. Once expressed clearly and explored, a decision would be made about how to move forward. Not out of emotion but out of practicality, and really, the path that made the best sense.

4. When we sail, we sail TOGETHER. When we sink, WE sink TOGETHER.

Yes, we had a few missteps. Running three contests took far more resources than two. Overall, it was an ABSOLUTE SUCCESS. The instructors were ecstatic with the industry support. As well as the opportunity

we provided their students to see that they are on a path to successful careers. We also showed them that there is an industry with real people working in it that has much in common with them.

5. What is the Team’s Goal?

Working with Art, Travis, the team of judges, and the NUNTMA board to put this contest together was a lot of fun. But being at the event with the contestants, educators, industry partners, shop owners, and others was a real privilege this year. Watching the whole thing come together to test contestants’ ability to enter the industry. These 26 individuals showed a passion for machining. They showed that they are capable of learning how to use the technology and that they are ready and interested to work in our shops. Yes, there is a shortage of workers. No, I don’t think that problem will go away any time soon. But I do believe there is hope for the next generation of machinists. They showed us that last Saturday.

In conclusion, if you missed the contest this year. Get involved next year. Make the decision now and speak up. Let someone at NUNTMA know that you are interested in helping next year. Your voice and opinion help determine what we should be testing

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Phoenix market ahead in the national industrial rankings even as e-commerce and logistics started to slow down in the past year across the U.S.

their abilities against, which equals what the instructors will teach.

The Phoenix metro’s large labor pool and proximity to larger markets with R&D systems have attracted employers to the area as well.

Together, we literally build America and the World. I couldn’t be prouder of the line of work I am in. I hope that I continue to have opportunities to work with great individuals and teams such as you. Thanks for making the 2024 SkillsUSA CNC Machining contest so successful!

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“Phoenix isn’t immune to the challenges of the greater advanced manufacturing sector,” Berthelette said. “Where Phoenix may excel is the diversity of its economy — it’s very large, there’s a lot of different industries there, the population growth is very fast.”

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It additionally completed its Cybersecurity certification. Owner, Jack Terrell says, “This process took 6 to 8 months to complete and was very comprehensive. We knew that we needed to have this in place so we could get Government contracts and work on aerospace parts for our large aerospace customers. It is also a must have for ITAR registration.”

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Jack has decades of experience in fabrication, and has spent over 30 years in the Aerospace industry, before opening his own business with wife and partner Shelley Terrell. Jack says, “We can fabricate with a variety of materials including Aluminum, Stainless steel, Mild steel, and Galvanized steel, and we offer short and long production runs.”

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Sulli Tool & Supply Expands its Territory with SMW Autoblok in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah

Sulli Tool & Supply, founded by owner Michael (Mike) Sullivan in 2009, is pleased to announce that it has expanded its territory with one of its principals, SMW Autoblok. Mike says, “We’ve had the line since I launched the business more than 15 years ago. Just last month, they awarded us an expansion to our territory, so that not only do we offer this line in California, Nevada and Arizona, but we will now also carry it in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.”

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The father and son team of Sulli Tool & Supply pictured above at a customer’s Open House is in partnership with several companies from around the world. We help original equipment manufacturers, machine tool dealers, industrial supply companies and end users manage their workholding, live tooling, part accumulation, and ensure clean and safe employee work environments, with a variety of products and services such as off-the-shelf quality products, engineered solutions, and excellent support.

About Autoblok

Autoblok Corporation was established in 1981 as a subsidiary of Autoblok of Italy, the largest power chuck manufacturer in Europe. Since 1942, Autoblok has been at the forefront of engineering and manufacturing state-of-the-art workholding, clamping and tooling solutions.

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Building upon a rich history and partnership, Mark Smith, Vice President & General Manager at Productivity, expressed enthusiasm about the expansion, stating, “It’s an exciting opportunity to bring our experience and an industry-leading machine tool line to manufacturers and machine shops in New Mexico.”

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Electric Vehicle Maker Acquires Large Site In West Valley

Since 1968, Productivity Inc., based in Plymouth, Minnesota, has been distributing a broad range of CNC metalworking products and services. As a single source machine tool supplier, Productivity offers machine tools, tooling and accessories, machine repair, preventive maintenance, rotary and live tool repair, turnkey systems, robotics and automation and much more. In addition, their MachinesUsed.com division will sell your surplus equipment via its online auctions. Productivity services 12 states with five branch offices located in Minneapolis, Cedar Rapids, Omaha, Denver, and Salt Lake City.

Arizona-based vehicle maker Nikola Corp. quietly purchased nearly 1,000 acres in the Phoenix metro at the end of September for $16.5 million, according to Maricopa County records.

According to the Arizona Corporation Commission, Corey Hessen and Omar Khayum, senior vice president and vice president of Canada-based TC Energy, respectively, are the managers of Phoenix Hydrogen Hub LLC. Oil and gas giant TC Energy partnered with Nikola last year to develop large-scale hydrogen production hubs across the U.S. and Canada.

Press brakes have a specific bending length and a specific tonnage that are suited for the range of parts that each company processes. Companies normally use press brakes that can process a diverse range of materials to maintain flexibility in their production scheduling. Usually, this means having a ten- or twelvefoot bend length and a tonnage that can process from thin to thick. From a scheduling perspective, this is an ideal situation as it provides maximum flexibility in scheduling jobs. But from a productivity /capacity perspective this may not be the ideal situation.

Nikola acquired the 920-acre site through Phoenix Hydrogen Hub LLC from Hardison Farms on Sept. 30, real estate database Vizzda shows. George Quinif of Peak Group LLC represented Nikola in the sale.

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Nikola hasn’t confirmed, though, whether it plans to build a hydrogen production hub in Buckeye. Nikola said it has no comment about the Buckeye land sale or its plans for the property. The city of Buckeye said nothing has progressed with the company beyond negotiations.

The massive site is located at 28702 W. Patterson Road in south Buckeye just west of State Route 85 near the Arizona Department of Corrections Lewis Prison, which is one of the largest prisons in the state and houses more than 4,400 inmates.

The sale comes after Nikola made multiple announcements that it planned to break ground on a hydrogen production hub in Arizona. The company’s CEO said in August that Nikola would start construction on the new facility by the end of this year but did not disclose the location.

Selecting the right tool is pivotal in optimizing manufacturing processes, and press brakes play a crucial role in bending operations. While many companies opt for larger, versatile press brakes to accommodate a diverse range of materials and bending requirements, the ideal choice may lean towards compact high-speed brakes for enhanced productivity.

The Physics of Working with Mass - Press brakes come in all different sizes and tonnages and they have vastly different technologies to aid in the bending process. It is possible to process thin small parts on a large tonnage brake. However, it is not possible to process longer thicker parts on a small tonnage brake. The reason is that the longer, thicker parts will most likely exceed the tonnage capacity of the brake. Additionally, running small parts on a large tonnage brake with a long upper ram length is not efficient.

The automaker is currently producing battery electric vehicles and has produced several alpha prototypes of its fuel cell electric vehicles, which run on hydrogen. Nikola is planning to build out a hydrogen fueling network to support its vehicles. Its first three locations will be established in California.

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It all comes down to simple physics. A larger, heavier mass is more difficult to accelerate and takes longer to reach top speed than a smaller, lighter mass.

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Likewise, decelerating a larger, heavier mass is more difficult and will require more time. This all adds up to lost time. Henceforth, small thin parts are more efficiently formed on a smaller press brake.


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The Right Tool for Increased Efficiency - Using the correct press brake on the right applications can not only speed up bending operations but can also create greater machine capacity and flexibility in scheduling. Compact highspeed press brakes can bend up to two times more parts than larger conventional hydraulic brakes. This makes the perfect complement to the production capabilities of a fiber laser. Fiber lasers produce up to 4 times more parts per unit of time.

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NASA is including a moon vehicle from Colorado space companies in a program meant to develop autonomous lunar surface transportation, a projected $4.6 billion effort over 15 years.

A team led by Lunar Outpost, a Golden-based startup, won participation in a 12-month feasibility phase of NASA’s Lunar Transport Vehicle Service contract.

Other team members are Jefferson County-based Lockheed Martin Space, alongside automaker GM, tiremaker Goodyear and space robotics company MDA Space.

Lunar Outpost, an 85-employee company with offices in Colorado and Houston, is the prime contractor leading the development of what the team calls its Lunar Dawn vehicle.

After it was chosen by NASA, Lunar Outpost founder and CEO Justin Cyrus called it the ultimate off-road vehicle project. He said he considers it an inspiring chance to help bring U.S. astronauts back to the moon, this time to stay. “Our team will do our best to make the most of it,” he said.

Other teams competing include one led by Houstonbased Intuitive Machines, a space startup whose partners include Boeing, Northrop Grumman and tiremaker Michelin. California companies Venturi Lab and Astrolab, teamed with Axiom Space, Odyssey Space Research on their vehicle proposal.

Under the LTVS contract program, NASA will work with each group for a year to develop their designs. NASA will then bid a mission to the moon and select one of the three to test their vehicle there and be ready to deploy it before the Artemis V moon landing mission, which is scheduled in 2029 and is meant to be the third human landing this decade by the NASA program.

The hope is to have helped one of the teams prove their lunar vehicle design enough that NASA can contract it as surface transport for 10 years of Artemis program moon landings, which are expected to reach a twice-yearly cadence at the end of the decade.

NASA is asking its selected LTV service to be able to provide transport of up to 15 kilometers per hour for NASA crews, conduct fully robotic missions, travel distances of 20 kilometers and support astronauts outside their spacecraft

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Enhanced Raytheon Weapon Takes Out Ballistic Missile During Pacific Test

The LTVS vehicle chosen will be capable of moving around the harsh lunar environment — autonomously, remotely steered or both — exploring the moon and helping conduct scientific experiments when astronauts aren’t around. NASA estimates put the total program cost at $4.6 billion.

The latest software iteration for a Raytheon-built missile successfully knocked out a medium-range ballistic missile during a test in the Pacific Ocean, demonstrating the weapon’s enhanced capabilities for the U.S. Navy.

The Standard Missile-6, or SM-6, was built by Raytheon, whose missile manufacturing operations are based in Tucson. During this flight test, the Navy used a new configuration with newly qualified software that it said enhances the missiles capabilities.

Lockheed Martin Space is the prime contractor designing and building the Orion capsules that the Artemis program will use to carry astronauts on journeys to the moon’s surface as soon as fall 2026 and then to regularly return.

NASA’s idea is to let the businesses compete and bring their own innovations, she said.The space agency aims to reserve about 75% of the vehicles’ time on the lunar surface for NASA at first and let the companies make the vehicles available for commercial purposes — scientific research, prospecting and other uses — when the Artemis program doesn’t need them.

I t has been a busy start to 2024 for Raytheon, Arizona's largest defense contractor based on total dollar value of annual contract. The company has also successfully tested a variety of weapons, while reaching a major milestone with a $116 million hypersonic missile program.

The company’s second lander mission, IM-2, expected to launch late this year, is slated to carry a Lunar Outpost robotic rover to the moon’s surface.Lunar Outpost has three other moon rover missions already planned to test its designs. Two of those missions are entirely commercial, one is a NASA mission and another for Australia’s space agency, Cyrus said.

Raytheon’s Tucson-based operation also logged a few more contract awards during the past month. They are:

• A $49,413,549 modification of a Marine Corps contract for the procurement of low-rate initial production units of the Navy Marine Expeditionary Ship Interdiction System Launcher. Work will be performed in Tucson and elsewhere.

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Fired from the USS Preble at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii, the test was dubbed Fight Test Aegis Weapon System. Raytheon said the ballistic missile was intercepted during its final seconds of flight.

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Raytheon said the test showed its SM-6 is effective not just for anti-air and anti-surface warfare but also for advanced ballistic missile defense at sea. It’s the only single missile that can handle all three uses.

• A $287,000,000 contract modification from the Navy that adds scope to provide for recertification and modernization of 166 Tomahawk Block IV All-Up-Round Missiles (142 for the Navy and 24 for Foreign Military Sales customers). The work will help make the missiles operational for up to an additional 15 years of service. Most of the work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be completed in March 2026.

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The SM-6 uses the Standard Missile airframe and propulsion system. Besides being used on Navy ships, sales of the SM-6 have been approved for several allied nations.

The Artemis program is targeting the southern polar region of the moon, which means the LTVS vehicles will have to be able to function where temperatures can change by hundreds of degrees between lunar day and night, there is ubiquitous lunar dust and intense radiation can fry electronic circuits.

•The Navy also awarded Raytheon a $8,573,968 contract modification to exercise options for design agent and engineering support services for the Rolling Airframe Missile. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be completed by March 2026. By Jeff Gifford – Phoenix Business Journal

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Lockheed Martin Corp., Littleton, Colorado, has been awarded a $9,513,838 firmfixed-price modification (P00069) to previously awarded contract FA8823-21-C-0001 for Space Based Infrared System Contractor Logistics Support Product Support Integration Contract Evolution. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $1,233,214,146. Work will be performed on Peterson Space Force Base; Buckley SFB; Greeley Air National Guard Station; and Boulder, Colorado, and is expected to be completed by April 16, 2026. Space Systems Command, Peterson SFB, Colorado, is the contracting activity.

Akima Intra-Data LLC, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, have been awarded a $28,958,885 firm-fixed-price modification (P00017) to previously awarded contract FA3002-23-C-0007 for base operations support services at Keesler AFB, Mississippi. Work will be performed at Keesler AFB and is expected to be completed March 31, 2025. Fiscal 2024 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $24,178,885 are being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $51,692,873. The 81st Contracting Squadron, Keesler AFB, Mississippi, is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin Corp., Littleton, Colorado, has been awarded a $46,173,222 firmfixed-price modification (P00064) to contract FA8823-21-C-0001 for space-based infrared system contractor logistics support, product support integration, and contract evolution. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract $1,222,900,308. Work will be performed at Peterson Space Force Base, Buckley SFB, Greeley Air National Guard Station, and Boulder, Colorado, and is expected to be completed by Feb. 28, 2027. Fiscal 2023 and 2024 procurement funds in the amount of $46,173,222 are being obligated at time of award. Space Systems Command,

Peterson SFB, Colorado, is the contracting activity.

L3Harris Corp., Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $7,682,118 contract modification (P00150) to the previously awarded contract FA8819-19-C-0002 for continued support, sustainment, infrastructure, and delivery for satellite communications and modifications. The contract modification continued the enhancements, maintenance, and support of the range control software, specifically including maintenance and support for minimal viable product deployments. Work will be performed at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico; Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado; and MITRE Corp., Colorado Springs, Colorado. Fiscal 2024 research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,245,010 are being

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obligated at time of award. Space Systems Command, Los Angeles AFB, California, is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin Space, Littleton, Colorado, was awarded a $98,999,952 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification (P00077) to previously awarded contract N00030-19-C-0025 to provide program management and systems engineering support for Army All Up Round plus Canister definition and support. Work will be performed in Denver, Colorado (48); Courtland, Alabama (39%); Huntsville, Alabama (7%); Sunnyvale, California (3%); and various other locations. Work is expected to be completed on Feb. 25, 2025. This contract is being awarded to the contractor on a sole source basis under 10 U.S. Code 3204(a)(1) and was previously synopsized on the System for Award Management online portal. Strategic Systems Programs, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Triumph Gear Systems Inc., Park City, Utah, is awarded $18,480,000 for a delivery order (N00383-24-F-S802) under previously awarded contract N00383-22-G-S801 for the repair of one item that is part of the V-22 pylon conversion actuator system. All work will be performed in Park City, Utah. Work is expected to be completed by April 2025. Annual working capital funds (Navy) in the full amount of $18,480,000 will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will not expire at the end of the current

fiscal year. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity.

The Boeing Co., Layton Utah, has been awarded a $405,366,978 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract modification (P00008) to previously awarded contract FA8207-17-D-0001 for operations, maintenance, and testing in support of the Minuteman III weapons system. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $559,366,978. Work will be performed at the Little Mountain Test Facility, Ogden, Utah. The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity.

The NUNTMA Is Seeking Interested Parties To Serve As Our Chapter Executive

We are looking for an individual to serve in this capacity. This is a paid position that requires a flexible schedule, strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. The time expectation is around 80 hours per month. The amount of hours per week varies based on the chapter priorities for each month. It does have some peak time commitments in August and September supporting the Golf Tournament.

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Industrial Manufacturer To Add 15k Square Feet To Colorado Facilities

A Colorado Springs company that produces parts used in industrial manufacturing will add a total of 15,000 square feet to its facilities.

Spectrum Advanced Manufacturing Technologies has accepted a bid to add more than 100 jobs to the area, the governor’s office announced Tuesday.

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and Trade in February offered Spectrum AMT $1.2 million in job growth tax incentives to locate its expansion in El Paso County instead of in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


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The state incentives are contingent on Spectrum AMT meeting its job creation and salary requirements over an eight-year period. The new jobs created should pay an average of $85,407 per year.

How Millennials’ Technology Expectations Can Help Save Manufacturing

Spectrum AMT said it will add 3,000 square feet to its existing facility in Colorado Springs and add a new, 12,000-square-foot building for manufacturing and assembly spaces. Its expansion will nearly triple the company’s current employee count of 54.

Millennials’ technology expectations have been shaped by smartphones, Facebook and digital media – in other words, by easy and ubiquitous connectivity. It’s not surprising, then, that traditional manufacturing systems can seem as retro as waiting for dial-up internet to connect. And that’s bad for the manufacturing sector, because its skills gap is looming large.

The Colorado Springs Chamber and Economic Development Commission also offered a local enterprise zone package through the city and El Paso County that was valued at $275,496, according to a news release.

A joint study by the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte Consulting projects a surge of nearly 3.5 million open manufacturing jobs created over the next decade. Some of the empty slots will come by way of retiring baby boomers, while others are related to new positions created as a result of natural business growth, the report found.What the report also predicts: As conditions stand now, 2 million of those jobs will go unfulfilled. In other words, the need for the manufacturing sector to appeal to Millennials – the generation typically defined as those born between 1981 and 1997 – is both critical and a very tall order.

Spectrum AMT creates products used for advanced manufacturing and assembly. It also provides quickturn product development and manufacturing services for aerospace, medical, industrial and commercial marketplaces, according to OEDIT.

Jeff Gilbert, the company’s chief operating officer, said in a statement that the expansion underscores a growing demand for Spectrum AMT’s “high-reliability electronics manufacturing.”

Indeed, manufacturing still has a negative image among younger generations, experts say. In a 2015 public perception of manufacturing study, also by The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, respondents ages 19 to 33 ranked manufacturing as their lowest preference in terms of potential career choices.

“We are deeply committed to not only supporting critical industries like aerospace and defense but also contributing meaningfully to the advancement of technologies that shape the future, from space exploration and scientific discovery to addressing global medical challenges,” Gilbert said. “We are proud to be part of an ecosystem that fosters innovation and economic growth, and we are excited to continue playing a vital role in Colorado

Manufacturing’s image problem is complex and in, some aspects, based on false assumptions. But one real obstacle is that some manufacturing systems can seem antiquated, and it’s an issue that many manufacturers and related organizations are already addressing.

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Colorado’s aerospace and defense industry employs more than 240,000 people in Colorado, OEDIT officials said in a statement.

Colorado manufacturer part of $6 billion DOE industrial decarbonization push

An aluminum manufacturer near Denver is among the businesses landing $6 billion in federal grants helping fund projects cutting carbon dioxide emissions of heavy industries.

Golden Aluminum and 32 other U.S. businesses manufacturing everything from cement, aluminum and steel to paper pulp and food products were awarded grants for demonstration projects that U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm called the largestever investment in industrial decarbonization.

“These investments will slash emissions from these difficult-to-decarbonize sectors and ensure American businesses and American workers remain at the forefront of the global economy,” Granholm said.

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Electric Truck Maker With Presence In Goodyear Partners To Make Battery Cells In The US

The awarded projects are expected to cut CO2 emissions by 14 million metric tons annually, or what the DOE says is equal to taking 3 million gas-powered cars off the road. Golden Aluminum won a $22.3 million cost-sharing grant for a plant upgrade in Fort Lupton, the DOE announced. The Department of Energy sought applications for the industrial demonstrations program a year ago.

Among the projects chosen, Golden Aluminum’s Next Generation Aluminum Mini Mill is the second-smallest grant.The company makes aluminum sheeting in various alloys used for beverage and cosmetic containers, automotive firewalls, building materials and other products. The company says at least half of what it produces is from recycled aluminum.

Daimler Truck, the German company that makes electric big rigs for the U.S. market in Portland, Oregon, and has a parts distribution center in Goodyear, is in a new joint venture to manufacture battery cells in the United States.

Daimler and partners Cummins and Paccar said they expect to invest $2 billion to $3 billion into the Accelera joint venture, which will supply cells for electric commercial vehicles and industrial applications.

Indiana-based Cummins and Bellevue, Washington-based Paccar and Daimler are “considering anywhere in the U.S.” for the planned 21-gigawatt battery factory, Jon Mills, a spokesman for Cummins, said.

The company plans to upgrade its process with the “minimill” project that landed federal funding.The project will allow the company to recycle 15% more mixed-grade scrap, reduce water needs for the mill’s production by about 86% and cut natural gas consumption, allowing the facility to more cleanly create products for the electrical vehicle and clean energy industries, the grant award summary describes.“In addition to reduced emissions, this project would be highly replicable among other U.S. aluminum producers and can help solidify the U.S. as a world leader in decarbonized secondary aluminum production,” it said.

The move follows a trend of investment in battery

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In the 1950s, William (Bill) Kaiser operated a job shop and took in jobs that other manufacturers did not want to do in house. Most of the time, these jobs were difficult and he was expected to do them quickly and for very little money.

Bill found that he continuously had to make his own tools to cut small grooves for O-rings or snap rings. Hand grinding consistent grooving tools took too long and when a tool became dull, he had to start all over again.

He had an idea. If he could make grooving tools in .001” increments with standardized bodies that could be replaced in a toolholder, he would solve his problem and have a marketable product.

It took Bill almost seven years of working at night (when he wasn’t doing his job shop work) to develop and test the design of the inserts and the toolholders. He perfected the design and was awarded patent 3,296,683.

Bill and his wife, Hazel, started Kaiser Tool Company (KTC) in 1964 with the purpose of supplying small lathe cutting tools. Lathe tools were known as bits and the tools were thin. THINBIT® was chosen as the product name. The first THINBIT® tools were insert sizes .010” through .050” in .001” increments made from high-speed steel with a 1/4”, 5/16” and 3/8” toolholders.

THINBIT® Celebrates 60 Years!

From 1964

until 1980, the production and sales of THINBIT® tooling was done at the family home on Weisser Park Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Manufacturing took place in the garage. The employees used the bathroom and kitchen of the house. The sales office was in the attic and was accessed via a set of pull down stairs. The raw material was purchased at a local hardware store.

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Bill continued to innovate and expand THINBIT® products. Hazel designed the advertising, packed and shipped the tools, took orders, typed the invoices and juggled the money (or lack thereof) to pay the bills. Their daughter Lenore, our President, grew up with THINBIT® in every corner of the house.

Sales were very slow in the beginning as there was little money for advertising THINBIT® products. All revenue generated by THINBIT® was used to pay the company’s bills and the few employees. Bill still had to do job shop work and Hazel worked at an accounting firm to generate their income. After a decade, THINBIT® sales were sufficient to allow Bill to drop his job shop work and Hazel to leave her accounting job.

In 1980, KTC outgrew the garage and a new facility was built on Sherman Boulevard. The site was located along the St Mary’s river and terrible flooding in 1982 threatened to destroy the business. The extraordinary efforts of the employees and a few sand bags from President Ronald Regan saved the company.

Lenore took over KTC from her parents in 1982. She increased THINBIT® product offerings, digitized the shop and office operating systems, expanded advertising and modernized the manufacturing processes.

THINBIT® sales took off and more employees and equipment were added. Lenore’s husband, Doug, was brought on board in 1987. Doug utilized some of the first laser marking systems to engrave THINBIT® products with indelible identification codes and began the Laser Images division.

KTC outgrew the Sherman street location in 1994 and built a new manufacturing facility on Centennial Drive. The land purchased was large enough for a new building, future expansion and nature. The design of the manufacturing area was ahead of its time with painted floors, bright lighting and climate control. Windows let in natural light and views of animals and trees.

In the 1990’s, Kaiser recognized the advantages of CNC equipment and automation which allowed continued expansion of product lines and a focus on custom tools.

Machines, work cells, inspection equipment and material storage were added and processes upgraded until the manufacturing floor was too cramped

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to function efficiently. In 2018, an addition was built to significantly expand the manufacturing space.

Industries served include: aerospace, medical, semiconductor, automotive, research, protective seals, jewelry, racing and those job shop innovators working out of their garages on the next big thing

Today, THINBIT® is an industry leader in precision cutting tools. THINBIT® stocks over 100,000 tools and offers millions of standard tools with fast delivery. Custom tooling is available for all products. Real people answer the phones and provide excellent service.

Bill and Hazel’s premise, during the early days, was always “customer service, quality product and fast shipment”. These are the foundations of Kaiser Tool Company and what has allowed the company to grow from an unknown entity to its respected place in the industry today.

Thank you for supporting THINBIT® for 60 years.

Hear From a few of THINBIT®’s Customers.

“We have been using THINBIT® tools for more than 20 years now.They make our custom tools, and they do a really good job with getting our tooling to us in a reasonable time. And though the cutting tools are custom, the holders are standard. Also, if we need the custom tools immediately, they will work with us, even sending the tools uncoated to help with the lead times.

I have heard from colleagues in the industry that when you get custom tools, there can be some variation from order to order. That is not the case with THINBIT®; their consistency is outstanding.

THINBIT® is an excellent supplier with great products and their customer support is outstanding.” Clinton, CFO Contract Manufacturer, Wisconsin

“I work with THINBIT®, and they do such a great job helping us with custom tooling. We make a lot of weird parts on our lathes, and it happens so often that there isn’t a standard tool on the market that we can use. We call THINBIT®, and we work with them on creating a custom tool for our application.

I am so impressed with the THINBIT® team. Back in December, we ordered a custom tool. It arrived

way earlier than we expected. When my operator started using it, he told me “This tool is such good quality.” We were even more impressed when we ran all of the parts with this one insert.

When I told the team at THINBIT® how the operator was so impressed, they sent a customer appreciation bag to me and my operator. It had a pen, a T-Shirt, and a hat. When I looked at the merchandise in the bag, everything sent was made in America! I was blown away. These guys who make tooling in the USA also purchase their customer appreciation merchandise that is made in the USA. They ‘Walk the Walk!”

I wish all my suppliers were as outstanding as THINBIT®!” Gary, Tool Room Supervisor, Machine Shop, Illinois

“We’ve been using THINBIT® tools since the 1980’s. For years, we’ve used their grooving tools and we just started using their tools for Swiss Machining. The quality of THINBIT®’s products is amazing. THINBIT® makes tools that work extremely well.

We get very good tool life with our THINBIT® tools, and their customer support is outstanding, from the Customer Service department to the Engineering department. Lastly, their inventory is phenomenal, and it is rare that they don’t have the tool in stock that we need.”

Cliff, COO Tool & Die Shop, Indiana

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emissions for owners and lessees. The new IMP facility will be Nucor’s newest steel products addition to its growing Brigham City campus, which also includes Vulcraft-Utah (joists and grating), Nucor Buildings Group-Utah (metal buildings), Nucor Cold Finish Utah (cold finished bar products) and Nucor Wire Products Utah (steel mesh).

Micron lands $6.1B


CHIPS funding

Micron Technology will receive $6.14 billion in CHIPS and Science Act funding, the White House announced last month.

A portion of the funds will go towards constructing two Clay, New York, fabrication facilities focused on making memory chips, creating roughly 13,500 jobs.

Some of the money will help build a $25 billion memory chip fab in Boise, Idaho, located next to Micron’s research and development facilities, creating approximately 6,500 facility and construction jobs.

Nucor Corporation Expands Footprint with New Manufacturing Facility in Brigham City, Utah, Dedication April 16th

to software and electronics development in the areas of autonomy, precision ag, artificial intelligence and digital products.

“The Phoenix metro area and nearby universities with thousands of engineering students create an environment rich with tech talent,” said Seth Crawford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Precision Ag & Digital. “With more than 27 million acres of farmland and a year-round operating climate, Arizona also provides a great backdrop to continue putting farmers at the center of everything we do. AGCO is excited to attract more of the brightest minds helping us build our tech stack and advance agriculture.”

Metl-Span®, a Nucor company, hosted an event to celebrate the opening of its new insulated metal panel (IMP) manufacturing facility located in Brigham City, Utah. Nucor Corporation is North America’s largest steel producer and recycler. Nucor produces steel by recycling scrap metal in electric arc furnaces to make new steel products, making the company one of the most sustainable steel producers in the world.

The acceleration center is located at SkySong Innovation Campus, which is an extension of Arizona State University (ASU) since 2003. SkySong supports the launch of startups and inventions in partnership with ASU researchers. This is AGCO’s second acceleration center affiliated with a university; AGCO’s acceleration center on the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana campus opened in 2018 and helps nurture tech talent within undergraduate and graduate student populations.

The new $35 million, 127,000 square foot facility is bringing approximately 60 new high-quality manufacturing jobs to Brigham City, and will produce a comprehensive range of insulated wall and roof panels for use in end markets such as warehousing, distribution and data centers. IMPs facilitate cost-effective climate control in the built environment and reduce energy usage and overall operations related GHG

The two fabs in New York are the first step in Micron’s vision to invest approximately $100 billion in the state over the next two decades. The company plans to establish four total fabs in New York, each with 600,000 square feet of cleanrooms, the largest amount ever announced in the country, according to Micron.

Construction of the first fab is expected to begin in 2025 and production will come online in 2028, ramping up with market demand over the next decade.

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Boom Supersonic Approved To Fly Test Plane At Mach 1 For First Time

Boom Supersonic has passed another milestone in developing the supersonic jetliner it plans to build: Federal go-ahead to exceed the speed of sound during flight tests in southern California.

The Centennial-based startup received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to exceed Mach 1 during test flights in its XB-1 demonstration plane, Boom announced Tuesday. The tests must be in specially designated airspace over the Mojave Desert used for proving supersonic aircraft. The authorization expires next April 7.

“Following XB-1’s successful first flight, I’m looking forward to its historic first supersonic flight,” Boom founder and CEO Blake Scholl said in a press release. “We thank the Federal Aviation Administration for supporting innovation and enabling XB-1 to continue its important role of informing the future of supersonic travel.”

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Boom flew its single-seat demonstration plane, the XB-1, for the first time on March 22 at the Mojave Air & Space Port. The flight was well below supersonic speed, but it served to prove the viability of the company’s design and construction techniques and ideas that it will use in building its full-sized supersonic passenger plane, called Overture.

Business loan approval rates rose at regional and community banks as well. Small banks granted 49.8 percent of the funding requests they received in August, up one-tenth from July. It represents the highest figure for small banks since November 2014.

Institutional lenders — pension funds and insurance companies — remained unchanged at an Index record 64.9 percent, up one-tenth of a percent from July’s figure.

The first faster-than-sound flight won’t come right away. Boom said the FAA approval will allow the company to expand its flight testing to confirm the performance and handling of the plane through and beyond supersonic speeds. It plans 10 to 20 flights before reaching supersonic speed.

Loan approval rates among alternative lenders rose to 56.6 percent, one-tenth of a percent higher than in the previous month.

The second flight will have the landing gear retracted and extended. Other points for testing include sideslip performance — how an airplane moves sideways while flying, such as from crosswind — in addition the stability augmentation system and flutter, which is created by interactions between aerodynamic and inertial forces, the company said.

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Test pilot Tristan “Geppetto” Brandenburg explained in Boom’s press release that plans for the test call for Mach 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3 on the first three flights. Each test flight takes so much airspace that there is time to evaluate only certain things. Mach 1 is about 767 mph.

“We will be on condition for several minutes, we’ll get a flying qualities and handling qualities block, and have to come back home,” Brandenburg said.

Test flights at supersonic speed over the ocean, where the speed limit doesn’t apply, is not feasible, according to the FAA’s notice of its approval. Given the XB-1’s experimental designation, it can’t fly over populated areas or through congested airspace. Using available long-enough airways would mean flights are too long to carry out tests and return with adequate fuel reserves, and being over the ocean could put the plane out of range of the control room’s telemetry antenna.

“Being in the air with XB-1 during its maiden flight is a moment I will never forget,” Brandenburg said. “The team has been working hard to get to this point, and seeing today’s flight through mission completion is a huge accomplishment for all of us.”

Boom’s Overture aircraft are meant to fly between 64 and 80 passengers at speeds up to Mach 1.7 over water and just under Mach 1 over land. The company says super-fast international flights will change the nature of travel, making quick trips between the U.S. to Asia or Europe routine.

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United Airlines, American Airlines and Japan Airlines have arranged to buy some Overture aircraft, and other airlines have expressed interest in them, too.

The first Overture planes are expected to roll off the company’s production line at its factory at the Piedmont Triad International Airport, in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 2026.

Boom’s factory structure has gone up on the airport grounds. It announced in January 2022 that it expects to hire 1,750 people or more and invest $500 million to build a plane for supersonic airline travel, the first since the British-French Concord’s last flight in 2003.

Denver-Area Company To Help

Space Force Test Fast Response To ‘Irresponsible Behavior’ In Space

AColorado startup landed a $30 million contract to build a satellite for a military space exercise, a demonstration of space capabilities that has other local ties, too.

True Anomaly, a 2-year-old Centennial-based company that makes flight training satellites and software, will build a spacecraft for a U.S. Space Force effort to have two satellites launch on short notice, rendezvous in orbit and study each other.

The exercise is meant to demonstrate capabilities for rapid launch and satellite maneuvering mimicking what might have to be done in response to what the Space Force called “irresponsible behavior on orbit.”

In addition to the contract it won, True Anomaly will leverage $30 million in private capital, bringing the total investment in its part of the project to at least $60 million.

The exercise is called VICTUS HAZE. It is expected to take place next year.

True Anomaly plans to use an upgraded version of one of its Jackal maneuverable satellites.

Last month, it launched the first pair of Jackal satellites it built, which the company plans to use in real training sessions for Space Force guardians learning to operate

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The company raised $100 million in venture capital in December.

The other participant in the exercise is Long Beach, California-based Rocket Lab National Security, the U.S. arm of New Zealand space company Rocket Lab, which makes satellites and related components as well as rockets for its space launch business.

It’s being contracted for $32 million to design, build, launch, and operate a spacecraft that will meet up with and fly close to True Anomaly’s Jackal. The two spacecraft will fly around and study each other, testing out real-world rendezvous and proximity operations.

Once Rocket Lab’s spacecraft is built, the company will await word to launch it on short notice to resemble a real-world rapid-response situation, the companies said.

“VICTUS HAZE builds on Rocket Lab’s proven track record of delivering launch

and spacecraft solutions that enable advanced missions on accelerated timelines,” said Peter Beck, Rocket Lab founder and CEO. “The ability to design, build, launch and operate a spacecraft within one streamlined team is rare and will deliver unparalleled speed and value to the nation.”

Rocket Lab has offices in the southwest Denver metro area. The local office’s part of the project is to develop ground control and flight software for the mission and develop guidance, navigation and control systems for the spacecraft, Rocket Lab said.

Identifying objects in orbit and understanding what they’re doing — known by the military as space domain awareness — has become a top priority.

Potential adversaries, notably Russia and China, have launched increasingly agile spacecraft that appear to be designed to counter the U.S. military’s traditional dominance in space.

The contracts for VICTUS HAZE were awarded by the Space Safari office of the Space Force’s Space Systems Command in partnership with the Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation Unit and another Space Force unit, called SpaceWERX, that’s meant to encourage innovation in military space programs.

“The commercial space industry is advancing at an unprecedented pace that will provide the Space Force additional options to quickly respond to adversary aggression,” said Lt. Col. MacKenzie Birchenough, materiel leader for the Space Safari program, in a contract award announcement.

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Cavendish Scott 303-480-0111

Orion Registrar 303-645-4017

Platinum Registration 303-639-9001

RRBG,Inc. 469-714-6260

ISO Registrar

Platinum Registration 303-639-9001

Orion Registrar 303-645-4017

Machine Tool Rebuilding EDM Network 480-836-1782

Nadcap Approvals - Consulting

Level III NDT Consulting 602-578-8109

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)

Level III NDT Consulting 602-578-8109

Frontier Group 602-437-2426

Phoenix Heat Treat_____602-258-7751

Process Improvement BMSC 602-445-9400

Reverse Engineering

Advanced Coord. Tech __ _303-469-6161

A2Z Manufacturing Rocky Mountain • 38 • May / June 2024
A2Z Manufacturing Rocky Mountain • 38 • May / June 2024 Diversified Metal Services__ 801-972-6093 Klontech Measure Sol__ 480-626-8131 Rigging & Transfer IRH _____ _801-972-5581 R&R Transportation ____801-747-2607 Transportation IRH ____________801-972-5581 R&R Transportation ____801-747-2607 SPINDLE REPAIR RMS Assembly & Mfg 303-777-3064 TOOLING PrecisionToolholding Products Industrial Supply 800-288-3838 Tooling Systems Industrial Supply 800-288-3838 Live Tool Holders Industrial Supply 800-288-3838 Static Tool Holders Industrial Supply 800-288-3838 CAD/CAM Training Blackwing Machine__ 801-645-4485 MultiCAM ________ 970-218-9046 Machining Software MultiCAM___________ 970218-9046 USED MACHINERY Action Machinery _______888-289-9100 DATRON___________480-826-3689 EDM Network ________ 480-836-1782 K.D. Capital Equipment___480-922-1674 Methods West________602-437-2220 Perfection 847-545-6906 Resell CNC__________844-478-8181 S&S Machinery Sales____602-368-8542 WATERJET CUTTING MACHINERY Action Machinery _______888-289-9100 Global EDM Supply ____480-836-8330 Machinery Resources____480-694-9919 Multicam___________970-218-9046 Abrasives/Blast Media Barton International_____800-741-7756 MIKE DENISON BUSINESS LOAN OFFICER Of ce: 801-463-3597 Cell: 801-979-3361 Fax: 801-294-3319 mdenison@ucreditu.com www.UcreditU.com Level III NDT Consulting Services, LLC Benjamin Johnson ASNT Level III #210316 johnson80120@gmail.com 602-578-8109 Training, Certi cations, Nadcap Approvals, Responsible Level III, Aerospace, Petrol Chemical ASNT, NAS 410, ASME Nadcap, ASTM, RT, UT, MT, PT Training & Recruiting NUNTMA Chapter Exec. w 801.886.2755 m 801.835.8137 Jenean Goodsell 2550 Arthur Avenue Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 USA Eric Winkelmann Marketing Manager +1.847.427.3333 main o ce +1.847.545.6906 direct +1.630.853.5408 mobile eric@perfectionglobal.com www.perfectionglobal.com

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Western Sintering _____ 509-375-3096


Ponderosa Ind _______ 303-298-1801

Precision Mach’d Products 970-482-7676

Specialty Steel Services 801-539-8252


Aluminum Casting

Precision Enterprises 731-642-8709

Die Casting

TVT Die Casting 800-280-2278

Die Casting: Aluminum/Zinc

TVT Die Casting 800-280-2278


PAS Technologies 602-744-2648


Coating:Black Oxide

Phoenix Heat Treat 602-258-7751

Coating: Liquid

Pilkington Metal Finishing 801-972-2146

Coating: Nickel/ Teflon/Chrome

Coating Technologies 623-581-2648

PAS Technologies _____ 602-744-2648

Coating:Zinc & Mag.Phos. Coating Technologies 623-581-2648 PAS Technologies 602-744-2648


S.A. Composites 970-776-3877

DESIGNCAD/CAM CNC Machine & Design Inc 801-531-9922


Able Machining & Eng. _ 801-268-6766 EDM

EDM: Drilling Small Hole LAYKE, Inc.___________ 602-272-2654

Micropulse West 480-966-2300

EDM: Ram-Type (Sinking)

Innovative Precision 801-334-6317

Maverick Mold & Machine _ 970-535-4604

Prec. Mach’d Products 970-482-7676

The CNC Pros _______ 801-973-0800 ADDITIVE
SolidCAM 530-863-0461 ASSEMBLIES Advantage Manufacturing 877-727-0281
Industries _______ 435-890-8823 CNC Machine & Design Inc 801-531-9922 Dayton Rogers 763-717-6303 JD Machine _______ 801-782-4403 Mountain View Machine 435-755-0500 Pillar Machine 801-965-1900 Quick Turn Machine 801-334-6800 Tymar Industries _____ 719-548-8995 Wrico 480-892-7800 Electronics Assemblies Advantage Manufacturing 877-7270281 CAID Industries 435-890-8823 Welded Assemblies Weiser Engineering 303-280-2778 EDM: Wire Dynamic Design & Mfg 303-652-0431 EDM Express ______ 800-780-7075 Innovative Precision 801-334-6317 Jensen Precision 801-866-0175 Micropulse West 480-966-2300 MTI 505-247-4276 Paramount Machine 801-886-2755 The Toolroom Inc. 801-773-6331 Thompson Machine 505-823-1453 Wrico 480-892-7800 ENGINEERING/DESIGN Advantage Manufacturing 877-727-0281 CNC Machine & Design Inc _ 801-531-9922 Dynamic Design & Mfg 303-652-0431 Quick Turn Machine 801-334-6800 FABRICATION A1 Precision Metal 623-377-2191 Advantage Manufacturing 877-727-0281 Aero Tech 801-292-0493
A1PMA.COM Precision metal fabrication and sheet metal design 2216 E. MAGNOLIA ST. PHOENIX, AZ 85034 JACK TERRELL Owner & VP (623) 377-2191 JACK@A1PMA.COM SHELLEY TERRELL Owner & President (623) 670-3406 SHELLEY@A1PMA.COM

Kustom Koncepts _____ 307-472-0818

Star Precision _______ 303-926-0559


Medium & Large

CAID Industries _____ 435-890-8823

EMJD Corp 303-761-5236

EPOCS Mfg 970-535-4540

Group Mfg Serv 480-966-39528

Weiser Engineering 303-280-2778

Fabrication: SheetMetal

A1 Precision Metal 623-377-2191

Advantage Manufacturing 877-727-0281

CAID Industries 435-890-8823

Denver Machine Shop 303-295-6000

Dynamic Design & Mfg 303-652-0431

EMJD Corporation _____ 303-761-5236

EPOCS Mfg 970-535-4540

Group Mfg Serv 480-966-3952

JD Machine 801-782-4403

Jensen Precision 801-866-0175

Kustom Koncepts 307-472-0818

Metalcraft 888-280-7080

Pillar Machine 801-965-1900

Precision Laser Processing 801-561-4200

Richards Fab 801-409-0392

Star Precision 303-926-0559

Weiser Engineering 303-280-2778

Wrico ___________ 480-892-7800

Fabrication: Steel

EMJD Corp 303-761-5236

Precision Laser Processing 801-561-4200


Advantage Manufacturing 877-727-0281

Glass Bead Clean

Coating Technologies 623-581-2648

Phoenix Heat Treat 602-258-7751

Iron Phosphates

Metals Finishing LLC 801-718-7969

Wasatch Powder Coating 801-718-7969


Certified Inspection Service___602-267-0661

Coating Technologies __ _623-581-2648

Collins Metal Finishing __ 602-275-3117


VACCO Industries 626-443-7121 Powder Coating

CPCS ____________ 303-438-8328

Metals Finishing LLC _____ 801-718-7969

Pilkington Metal Finishing 801-972-2146

Star Precision 303-926-0559

Wasatch Powder Coating 801-718-7969


Metals Finishing LLC 801-718-7969

Mfg 970-535-4540 JD Machine 801-782-4403 Star Precision 303-926-0559 FOUNDRY Precision Enterprises 731-642-8709 GAS NITRIDING

Blanchard Metals Proc. 801-972-5590


Ponderosa Ind 303-298-1801

Specialty Steel Svcs 801-539-8252

Gear Hobbing Ponderosa Ind 303-298-1801 GRINDING

Diversified Metal Services _ 801-972-6093

GMN USA 800-686-1679

Machine Tool & Cutter Grinding 435-512-4416

PAS Technologies _____ 602-744-2648

Prec. Mach’d Products 970-482-7676

A1 Precision Metal 623-377-2191 Dynamic
Design & Mfg 303-652-0431 EPOCS
A2Z Manufacturing Rocky Mountain • 40 • May / June 2024

Superior Grinding

The Toolroom Inc.

Grinding, Blanchard

Auburn Tool & Machine

Diversified Metal Services

Steel Services Grinding

Superior Grinding

Grinding, Centerless

Ron Grob Co.

Grinding, Cold Saw

AA Carbide Grinding: OD

Ron Grob Co.

Superior Grinding

Grinding: Tool & Cutter

BC Tool & Cutter Grinding

Exact Tool Grinding

Machine Tool & Cutter Grinding

Blanchard Metals Proc.

____ 602-272-3714
Finishing__801-972-2146 Precision Laser Processing 801-561-4200 Richards Fab 801-409-0392 Star Precision 303-926-0559 VACCO Industries 626-443-7121 801-337-5926 801-262-1414 800-244-4130 435-755-0500 731-642-8709 801-334-6800 801-977-0447 303-789-4247 719-550-1724 801-774-8031 The CNC Pros 801-973-0800 TVT Die Casting 800-280-2278 Tymar Industries 719-548-8995 Weiser Engineering 303-280-2778 achining: 5 Axis 801-975-1117 Blackwing Machine 801-645-4485 801-782-4403 ______ 928-380-0317 800-244-4130 Mountain View Machine 435-755-0500 505-247-4276 Paramount Machine 801-886-2755 Precision Enterprises 731-642-8709 801-285-7288 Quick Turn Machine 801-334-6800 RP Machining 719-550-1724 S.A. Composites 970-776-3877 The CNC Pros 801-973-0800 Tymar Industries 719-548-8995 Machining: Aerospace CM Manufacturing 406-543-4450 Flex-Pro 480-773-3239 GroveTec Machining 503-557-4689 LAYKE, INC_________ 602-272-2654 LUX Precision 928-380-0317 LV Swiss 435-635-1482 Micropulse West 480-966-2300 Mountain View Machine 435-755-0500 Paramount Machine 801-886-2755 A2Z Manufacturing Rocky Mountain • 41 • May / June 2024 ▲ SINCE 1963 ▲ Mailing Address: P.O. Box 18405, Phoenix, AZ 85005-8405 Shipping Address: 2405 West Mohave, Phoenix, AZ 85009-6413 Phone: (602) 258-7751 Cell: www.phoenix-heat-treating.com E-Mail: tjohnston@phxht.com TIM JOHNSTON (623) 512-3233 Director of Business Development
Controlled Thermal
Industrial Heat Treat
Phoenix Heat Treat
Pilkington Metal

Pinnacle Precision ___ 435-563-2722

Ponderosa Ind 303-298-1801

Precision Mach’d Products 970-482-7676

Radtech _________ 303-789-4247

RD Machine & MFg


RP Machining 719-550-1724

Skydandee Mfg


Machining: Automatic

StarRex Precision 480-834-6344

Machining: Ceramic

O’Keefe Ceramics


Ceramic: Sapphire, Alumina, Silicon, Aluminum, Quartz

O’Keefe Ceramics _____ 719-687-0888

Machining: CNC

A1 Precision Metal 623-377-2191

Able Machining & Eng. 801-268-6766

Accutech Machine _____ 801-975-1117

American Machine & Eng. 801-973-0494

Apex Engineering 435-713-0072

Auburn Tool & Machine _ 303-278-8769

CM Manufacturing 406-543-4450

CNC Machine& Design 801-531-9922

Cornerstone Machine 801-731-8862

Denver Precision Products _ 303-469-1771


Dynamic Design & Mfg 303-652-0431

EPOCS Mfg 970-535-4540

Flex-Pro 480-773-3239

GL Manufacturing 801-634-5894

H& S Machine ______ 801-755-7627

Innovative Precision 801-334-6317

JD Machine 801-782-4403

Jensen Precision 801-866-0175

Kings Peak Manufacturing 801-337-5926

LAYKE, INC_________ 602-272-2654

Leading Edge Machine 435-563-9425

Loveridge Machine Co. 801-262-1414

LUX Precision ______ 928-380-0317

LV Swiss 435-635-1482

Maverick Mold & Machine 970-535-4604

MTI ____________ 505-247-4276

Precision Enterprises 731-642-8709

Pinnacle Precision 435-563-2722

Quick Turn Machine ___ 801-334-6800

The CNC Pros 801-973-0800

Tymar Industries 719-548-8995

Electromechanical Design

RD Machine & Mfg 801-977-0447

RP Machining ______ 719-550-1724

Star Precision 303-926-0559

The Toolroom Inc. 801-773-6331

Wrico 480-892-7800

Machining: Composites

Metalcraft 888-280-7080

Machining: Contract

American Machine & Eng. 801-973-0494

JD Machine 801-782-4403

Jensen Precision 801-866-0175

LUX Precision 928-380-0317

LV Swiss __________ 435-635-1482

Machinists Inc 800-244-4130

Paramount Machine 801-886-2755

Radtech 303-789-4247

Electromechanical Design

Skydandee Mfg _____ 801-774-8031

Machining: DoD

CM Manufacturing 406-543-4450

Machining: Laser

A1 Precision _623-377-2191


Dynamic Design & Mfg 303-652-0431 __


Dynamic Design & Mfg __ 303-652-0431

EPOCS Mfg ________ 970-535-4540

GL Manufacturing ______ 801-634-5894

GroveTec Machining 503-557-4689

JD Machine ________ 801-782-4403

Kings Peak Manufacturing 801-337-5926

LV Swiss 435-635-1482

Machinists Inc 800-244-4130

Metalcraft 888-280-7080

Mountain View Machine__435-755-0500

MTI 505-247-4276

Pillar Machine 801-965-1900

Prec. Mach’d Products__970-482-7676

Innovative Precision 801-334-6317 Kings Peak Manufacturing
801-262-1414 LV Swiss 435-635-1482 Paramount Machine __ 801-886-2755 Ponderosa Ind _______ 303-298-1801 Precision Enterprises 731-642-8709 Precision Tech 801-285-7288 Quick Turn Machine 801-334-6800 Radtech ______303-789-4247 RD Machine & Mfg 801-977-0447 RP Machining ______ 719-550-1724 Star Precision _______ 303-926-0559 The CNC Pros 801-973-0800 Machining: Prototype Able Machining & Eng. _ 801-268-6766 Accutech Machine 801-975-1117 American Machine & Eng. 801-973-0494 A2Z Manufacturing Rocky Mountain • 42 • May / June 2024 A1PMA.COM Precision metal fabrication and sheet metal design 2216 E. MAGNOLIA ST. PHOENIX, AZ 85034 JACK TERRELL Owner & VP (623) 377-2191 JACK@A1PMA.COM SHELLEY TERRELL Owner & President (623) 670-3406 SHELLEY@A1PMA.COM
Precision Enterprises 731-642-8709 Quick Turn Machine 801-334-6800
Grob Co. 970-667-5320
Machine Co.

Apex Engineering


Cornerstone Machine 801-731-8862

Denver Precision _____ 303-469-1771

Flex-Pro ____ ______ 480-773-3239

Innovative Precision __ 801-334-6317

JD Machine ________ 801-782-4403

Jensen Precision ______ 801-866-0175

Kings Peak Manufacturing 801-337-5926

LAYKE, INC_________ 602-272-2654

Leading Edge Machine __ 435-563-9425

Mountain View Machine 435-755-0500

Pillar Machine 801-965-1900

Precision Enterprises 731-642-8709

Quick Turn Machine ____ 801-334-6800

Radtech _________ 303-789-4247

RD Machine & Mfg ___ 801-977-0447

RP Machining 719-550-1724

Skydandee Mfg _____ 801-774-8031

S.A.Composites _____ 970-776-3877

StarRex Precision ____ 480-834-6344

The Toolroom Inc. ____ 801-773-6331

Machining: Precision

Able Machining & Eng. _ 801-268-6766

Advantage Manufacturing 877-727-0281

American Machine & Eng. _ 801-973-0494

Blackwing Machine ___ 801-645-4485

CM Manufacturing ___ 406-543-4450

Cornerstone Machine __ 801-731-8862

Flex-Pro 480-773-3239

GroveTec Machining 503-557-4689

Jensen Precision 801-866-0175

Kings Peak Manufacturing 801-337-5926

Loveridge Machine Co. 801-262-1414

LV Swiss 435-635-1482

Mountain View Machine _ 435-755-0500

MTI 505-247-4276

Pinnacle Precision 435-563-2722

Ponderosa Ind 303-298-1801

Precision Enterprises 731-642-8709

Quick Turn Machine 801-334-6800

RP Machining ______ 719-550-1724

Precision Machined Prod. 970-482-7676

StarRex Precision 480-834-6344

The CNC Pros 801-973-0800

TVT Die Casting 800-280-2278

Tymar Industries 719-548-8995

Machining: R & D

American Machine & Eng. 801-973-0494

Dynamic Design & Mfg 303-652-0431

Flex-Pro 480-773-3239

JD Machine ________ 801-782-4403

Jensen Precision 801-866-0175

Pillar Machine 801-965-1900

Precision Enterprises 731-642-8709

The CNC Pros _______ 801-973-0800

Tymar Industries _____ 719-548-8995

Machining: Swiss

CNC Machine & Design Inc 801-531-9922

Denver Precision Products 303-469-1771

GroveTec Machining 503-557-4689

LV Swiss 435-635-1482

Pacific Swiss & Manufacturing 503-557-9407

Pinnacle Precision 435-563-2722

Ron Grob Co. _______ 970-667-5320

StarRex Precision 480-834-6344

Machining: Turning

American Machine & Eng. 801-973-0494

Apex Engineering 435-713-0072

Auburn Tool & Machine 303-278-8769

AzMark 480-926-8969

Blackwing Machine 801-645-4485

Denver Precision Products 303-469-1771

EPOCS Mfg 970-535-4540

Faustson 303-420-7422

GroveTec Machining 503-557-4689

HPMP 801-619-9850

JD Machine ________ 801-782-4403

LAYKE, INC 602-272-2654

Leading Edge Machine 435-563-9425

LUX Precision 928-380-0317

Machinists Inc 800-244-4130

Metalcraft 888-280-7080

Mountain View Machine 435-755-0500

MTI 505-247-4276

Precision Enterprises 731-642-8709

RD Machine & Mfg 801-977-0447

RP Machining ______ 719-550-1724

StarRex Precision ____ 480-834-6344

The CNC Pros _______ 801-973-0800

Tymar Industries _____ 719-548-8995

Weiser Engineering 303-280-2778

Machining: Ultra-Precision

Pacific Swiss
Pinnacle Precision 435-563-2722 MANUFACTURING A&L Machining 303-373-1540 CAID Industries 435-890-8823 CNC Machine & Design Inc 801-531-9922 Group Mfg Serv 480-966-3952 GroveTec Machining 503-557-4689 Precision Enterprises 731-642-8709 Precision Laser Processing 801-561-4200 Electromechanical Design CAID Industries 435-890-8823 RD Machine & Mfg 801-977-0447 Composites S.A. Composites 970-776-3877 Manufacturing: Electrode Wire-Tech 480-966-1591 Production Aero Tech 801-292-0493 EMJD Corporation_____303-761-5236 Robotic CNC DMSI 801-972-6093 Routering CNC DMSI 801-972-6093 Skid Manufacturing ENS Welding Service 208-670-0538 Small Part Pinnacle Precision ___ 435-563-2722 Turnkey Product Services Aero Tech
METAL STAMPING A1 Precision Metal
Thompson Machine 505-823-1453 A2Z Manufacturing Rocky Mountain • 43 • May / June 2024
& Manufacturing 503-557-9407

Hi-Production Precision Stamping



Precision Die & Stamping 480-967-2038

Thompson Machine 505-823-1453


Blackwing Machine


Loveridge Machine Co. 801-262-1414

Maverick Mold & Machine 970-535-4604

Molds: Plastic Injection

LTM Plastics ________ 303-592-9548

Maverick Mold & Machine 970-535-4604

Molds Steel

DMSI ___________


Aero Tech 801-292-0493

Loveridge Machine Co. 801-262-1414


Tymar Industries 719-548-8995


Coating Technologies 623-581-2648

CPCS 303-438-8328

Frontier Group 602-437-2426

PAS Technologies 602-744-2648

Pillar Machine 801-965-1900

Richards Fab 801-409-0392


Painting CARC

Frontier Group 602-437-2426


Blanchard Metals Proc. 801-972-5590

Foresight Finishing 480-921-0000


Blanchard Metals Proc. __ 801-972-5590

Collins Metal Finishing 602-275-3117

Pilkington Metal Finishing 801-972-2146


Foresight Finishing ____ 480-921-0000

Electroless Nickel

Collins Metal Finishing 602-275-3117

Foresight Finishing ____ 480-921-0000

Frontier Group 602-437-2426



Foresight Finishing ____ 480-921-0000

Tin Plate

Foresight Finishing 480-921-0000



Richards Fab 801-409-0392

Thompson Machine 505-823-1453

Wrico 480-892-7800

Electro Polish

Collins Metal Finishing 602-275-3117

Etching/Photochemical VACCO Industries 626-443-7121


Collins Metal Finishing 602-275-3117

Frontier Group ____ 602-437-2426


3D Parts To Go_____801-380-7935


JD Machine ________ 801-782-4403

Star Precision 303-926-0559

Weiser Engineering 303-280-2778


Recyclable Metals

Iron & Metals, Inc 303-292-5555

Utah Metal Works 801-364-5679


3 Phase Electric Motors

Sidewinders LLC 801-250-6267

Bearing Surface

Denver Machine Shop 303-295-6000

Hydraulic Cylinder Denver Machine Shop 303-295-6000

Hydro Generators

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Sidewinders LLC 801-250-6267
Rolling: thread Ron Grob Co. 970-667-5320
Scrap Metal Recycling Iron & Metals, Inc 303-292-5555 Utah Metal Works 801-364-5679
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ABS Metallurgical...29

Accutech Machine Inc...41

Ace Wire Spring & Form...44


Action Machinery...37,47

Advantage Manufacturing...40

Aero Tech Mfg...40

AME, Inc...34

Auburn Tool & Machine...40


AZ Tool Steel...39

Barton Mines...24,36

BC Tool & Cutter Grinding...40

Blackwing Machine...43

Blanchard Metals Proc...40



Cavendish Scott...38



Cleveland Electric Labs...42

CM Manufacturing...43

CNC Machine & Design...39

Coastal Metals...10,36

Coating Technologies...32

Collins Metal Finishing...44

Custom Powder Cutting Sol...41


DCM Tech...37

Denver Machine Shop...40

Denver Precision Products...42


DMG Mori...33


Dynamic Design & Mfg...44

Edge Technologies...36

EDM Network..15,35

EDM Perf. Accessories...35

EMJD Corp....41

ENS Welding...45

EPOCS Mfg...40

Erickson Metals...13,33

Exact Tool Grinding...45


Index of Advertisers

Fiero Automation...34

Foresight Finishing...44

Frontier Group....44

Frontier Metal Stamping...44

Fullerton Tools...34

Gage Lab Products...34




Horizon Carbide...35


Industrial Heat Treat Co...41

Industrial Supply...17


Innovative Measuring Systems...35

Innovative Precision...39


Iron & Metals, Inc..16,36

JD Machine...39

JM Grisley..5,33-38

K.D. Capital Equipment...38


Kings Peak...42

Klontech Industrial...3,34

KTR Machine...36

L.V. Swiss...25,43

Laird Plastics...37

Latitude Machinery...36

Laube Titanium...35

LAYKE Inc...44

Leading Edge Machine...42

LeGrand. (C2G)..35

Level III Nadcap Consulting...38

LK Metrology..9,34

Loveridge Machine...43

LTM Plastics...17,44

Luxe Precision...42

Machine For Sale...21

Machine Tool & Cutter Grinding...34

Machinery Resources Intl...29

Mario Pinto...35


Maverick Mold & Machine...39



MLC CAD...37

Mountain View...39

MP Systems...33




Nelson Engineering...40


O’Keefe Ceramics...42

Ogden-Weber Tech College...35


Olympic Metals...36

Orion Registrar...35

Pacific Swiss & Manufacturing...43

Paramount Machine...40


Phoenix Heat Treating...15,41

Pilkington Metal Finishing...41

Pinnacle Precision...43

Platinum Registration....12,38

Precision Die & Stamping....45

Precision Enterprises...39

Precision Laser Processing...39

Production Machine Tools...37

Productivity ...11,33

QMS Support...38


Quality Measurement Services..38

Quality Vision Intl...7

R&R Tansportation...38


RD Machine...44


Resell CNC...38

Richards Fab...40


Roentgen USA...36

Romi Machine Tools, Ltd...36

Ron Grob CO....24,43

Royal Products..20,33

RP Machining, Inc. ..42


SA Composites...45

S&S Machinery...39



Sentry Insurance...38

Sidewinders LLC...44

Skydandee Mfg...39

SMB Hub...18

Smith Machinery...33,47

Southwest Waterjet & Laser...45

Specialty Steel Serv....31,40


Star Metal Fluids...2,33-35

Star Precision...40


StarRex Precision...42

Steel Services Grinding...41

Sulli Tool & Supply...33

Superior Grinding..1,22,26-27,41

Tech Financial Services...31,38

The CNC Pros...39

The SMBHub...18

The ToolRoom Inc...45


Thompson Machine...,41

T.J. Davies...34

T.J. Snow...7

Toolnet International...33

Total Quality Systems...35


TVT Die Casting...39

Tymar Industries....43

TW Metals...36

Ultimate Manufacturing...35

United Asset Sales...17

United Perform Metals...28,35

University Federal Credit Union...38

Utah Metal Works, Inc...14,36


Von Ruden Mfg...33

Wasatch Powder Coating...41

Weiser/Mile High Precision...45


Western Sintering...45

Western States Calibration...37

Western States Metals...30,34

Wrico Stamping...29,41

Zeiss Industrial...35

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With its robust C-frame construction, lightning-fast 4.5 second chip-to-chip tool changer, double-ended tilting table and enhanced rapid traverse rates –which add up to shorter non-cut times for the lowest part-cycle times – the VARIAXIS C-600 handles the most demanding jobs with its flexible, automation-ready design and a new MAZATROL SmoothAi CNC made for 5-axis machining. And it can handle what your rotary table HMCs take multiple setups to do in as few as one.

Find out everything that’s included with the new VARIAXIS C-600 at MazakUSA.com/VRX-C600. #MazakMeansMultitasking | MazakUSA.com | (859) 342-1700 CO, WY 888.289.9100 action-machinery.com UT, ID & MT 801.263.6403 smithmachinetools.com



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